The Phuket News Premier League predictions The Phuket News Kata Rocks The Phuket News Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort
The Phuket News Business News
The Phuket News Phuket | Thailand | World | Business | Q&A | Weird World XML, RSS, Feed
The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News

Phuket's ShadesAsia branches out with exports throughout Asia

PHUKET-born Shades Asia is enjoying regional expansion, with its latest accolade being contracted to provide shade sails covering more than 1,200 square metres at the French International School “Lycee Francais Rene Descartes” in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

construction, economics,


The Phuket News

Sunday 2 April 2017, 10:00AM


The project involves the installation of three large shade sails and the design, manufacture and installation of 10 large steel supporting columns, explained Graeme Chuck, Director – Design at Shades Asia.

“Shades, in collaboration with its Australian structural engineering consultants, designed steel columns up to nine metres tall capable of withstanding the significant loads imposed by the weight of the sails and the loads from wind and rain.

“The client naturally insisted on 100% safety compliance, which included the necessity for computer modelling of expected loads, adequate footings design and certification of all welding joints in the columns. In addition, highest-quality marine-grade epoxy paint finish was specified,” he noted.

To ensure these standards could be achieved Shades chose to construct the columns in Phuket using its long-time supplier Kitrungruang Co Ltd. Shades and Kitrungruang have worked together on many projects in Phuket and are both pleased to be expanding our relationship to a large export order, Mr Chuck added.

“Steel of the required quality and grade was trucked to Phuket from Pacific Pipe in Bangkok. The working space required to fabricate all 10 columns simultaneously challenged workshop space available at both companies’ facilities, and it was decided instead to build a temporary workshop on vacant land at Cape Yamu,” he said.

“Kitrungruang organised one of only three appropriately certified welding inspectors in Thailand to oversee welding techniques and dye-check every single weld. Shades own painting team then completed the required five-coat two-part epoxy paint system to the competed columns,” Mr Chuck added.

The columns were loaded onto trucks at the Cape Yamu site last Friday (Mar 24) and will be transported to Phnom Penh on 12-metre trailers for installation in early April.

Explaining how the Phnom Penh contract came to fruition, Mr Chuck told The Phuket News, “Over the past 12 years Shades has established a network of agents throughout Southeast Asia and beyond with whom we partner on projects which come to us through their own marketing efforts or via our own website and social media channels.

“Our agents are established and highly-regarded businesses in their local building and supply industries, which allows us to offer full-package design-fabricate-ship-install services to many Asian and Indian Ocean locations.

“In this case our Cambodian agent was able to leverage off projects we have already completed in Cambodia to attract and secure this international school shading project. Large shade projects like this one involve serious issues of safety and longevity, and a major attraction to this and other ‘public’ projects is our engineering design service, backed by our ability to utilise professional structural engineering input from our Australian engineering partners who are specialists in fabric architecture,” he said.

Attracting business in markets outside of Thailand has allowed ShadesAsia to continue to expand not only its business volume but also the firm’s degree of expertise and product range, Mr Chuck noted.

“Every business enjoys expanding its revenue base without a commensurate increase in overhead and operating costs, which is something the export side of our business has helped us achieve,” he explained.

“And on a more personal level, every single member of our Team Shades takes great pride in the fact that we are able to utilise our ‘home-grown’ talents and experience to generate export business not just for the company, but for Phuket and Thailand.

“Added to that is the thrill of bringing our suppliers with us on this journey, in this case Kitrungruang Co Ltd, a local Phuket engineering business with which it has been our pleasure to work with for many years,” Mr Chuck added.

Looking forward, Shades Asia will continue to focus on Phuket and Thailand as core markets for the immediate future, but have eyes firmly on export-based opportunities.

“Our immediate goal is to retain our focus on the core values upon which we have built the business over 12 years – world-class quality products and services. To that end we will continue to refine and expand our product line, and continue to work with off-shore based agents to have our products marketed and made available where now they are not,” Mr Chuck said.

Regional marketing will remain “a critical plank” to that strategy of growth, he added.

“Our marketing reach will be expanded, but the message remains constant – the Asian market is demanding the same high standards of design, product and service as other previously more mature markets, and companies such as ours recognize this and have grown in response to it. Fortunately for us our product tends to speak for itself, and every project acts as a billboard in attracting new business,” Mr Chuck said.

 

 

The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Comment on this story
* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.
Comments Here:
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:
    Forget your password?

Be the first to comment.

The Phuket News
The Phuket News The Phuket News The Phuket News
The Phuket News
Share this
The Phuket News
Have a news tip-off? Click here
The Phuket News
Related stories
The Phuket News
Phuket community

Recent Comments


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

simon01,if everyone knows how chaotically Thailand operates,how come tourist are still coming in such high numbers and expats like you like to live he...(Read More)


Phuket tourist falls out of speeding tuk-tuk

"Phuket Tourist Police Deputy inspector Capt Ekkachai Siri..." Correct is: Phuket Tourist Police Inspector Pol.Maj. Ekkachai Siri... ...(Read More)


Phuket tourist falls out of speeding tuk-tuk

A tuk tuk speeding, driving dangerously, surely not, i've never seen them do that before, oh except everyday! But then i'm sure RTP are out i...(Read More)


Phuket tourist falls out of speeding tuk-tuk

We may expect that just a few 'falling out of tuk tuk affairs' reach the press. Probably it happens more than we know. Of course, always at ...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

Sir Burr, I was informed in person by Phuket Immigration just last Thursday it must be done each and every time one leaves the country. ...(Read More)


Phuket motorcyclist dies after crashing into pregnant buffalo

That picture is really painful- two broken legs means euthanize immediately. This poor creature cannot heal and will likely be forced to suffer for ...(Read More)


Phuket tourist falls out of speeding tuk-tuk

An Australian tourist on holiday in Phuket has been flown to Bangkok to receive treatment after suffering a serious head injury from falling off the b...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

You do not have to re-register your address if it hasn't changed. Have done three annual extensions with the same Notification of address. Have be...(Read More)


Father, two kids saved from drowning in Phuket

Kurt,not only "Asian tourists"ignore red flags.And how can beach guards stop them?Getting physical?...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: As good as it gets

The writer will surely wear the wrath, of those two bedmates, jor12 and eagle, even though what he says is 100% correct....(Read More)

The Phuket News
Bangkok Hospital Phuket
PHUKET NEWS
Phuket
Thailand
World
Business
Q A
Weird World
ARCHIVE
POLL
CURRENCY
WEATHER
PHUKET TIDE TABLE
The Phuket News PHUKET LIFE
Phuket Arts
Phuket Community
Phuket Culture
Phuket Dining
Phuket Education
Phuket Entertainment
Phuket Environment
Phuket Health
Phuket People
Phuket Technology
Phuket Travel
Photo Galleries
COLOURING BOOK
The Phuket News PHUKET SPORT
Phuket
Thailand
World
SURF REPORT
PREDICTIONS
The Phuket News PHUKET CLASSIFIEDS
Phuket Buy and Sell
Phuket Jobs
Phuket Property
Phuket Cars and Boats
Phuket Community
Phuket Services
SEARCH CLASSIFIEDS
POST CLASSIFIED
The Phuket News The Phuket News PHUKET EVENTS
Phuket Event listings
Phuket Event calendar
Buy Tickets
POST EVENT
The Phuket News PHUKET DIRECTORY
Phuket Bars, pubs and clubs
Phuket Hotels and villas
Phuket Restaurants
Phuket Yellow Pages
POST LISTING
The Phuket News BARGAINS
The Phuket News ABOUT US
The Company
Distribution points
Subscribe
Advertise with us
Pay for advert
Contact us
CONTESTS
Content Google Map
Site map
Australian Visa Services
 
Currency - The Phuket News   Weather Report - The Phuket News   Surf Report - The Phuket News
LinkedIn - The Phuket News   Twitter - The Phuket News   YouTube - The Phuket News   Facebook - The Phuket News
Copyright © 2017 Class Act Media. All rights reserved. | Website usage terms and conditions | Privacy and Confidentiality Statement.